When I moved in so many years ago
maybe 38 maybe 39 I was young an older couple
in the building lived on separate floors. They were Always Courting.
Herbert Vail and Gertrude. Every Friday Gertrude
would get her hair done into a swoop and Herbert knocked on her door
with flowers and chocolates she ate boxes of chocolates this was way before
Functional Medicine, or any anti-chocolate dictates and They Would Go Dancing.
One day Gertrude who told me she was an Office Administrator she looked efficient,
formal, her breasts a permanent shelf, one day Gertrude knocked on my door
and said If Anything Happens To Herbert or Me We’ve Decided to Call You Because
You Brought Us Chocolates on Valentines Day and she asked for my number. They
danced for years and then moved (they wouldn’t say that they were going to live together
but they did) to Florida and now many years later here we are, older couple in the
building now. Yesterday our neighbor a young woman from Brazil she works in TV
decorates her door with paper cutouts she said to me in the elevator If You Ever Need Help
Call Me and then she reached into her bag and handed me a bar of Brazilian
chocolate. It’s almost Valentine’s Day she said.